Gravity Interactive (Ragnarok Online) announced that they are bringing an MMOG, titled Requiem: Bloodymare, stateside in early 2008.
From the press release:
"Using the Havok engine, Requiem: Bloodymare brings to life a visually stunning realm where fallout from generations of scientific and mystical warfare has polluted the natural world and given birth to horribly mutated monsters. The battles between players and these grotesque creatures are rendered with intense sequences of bloody and gory graphics."
Requiem: Bloodymare also brings several game mechanics that set it apart from the rest of the MMO market. The time of day will be an extremely important factor for players under the Nightmare System with incredibly powerful creatures awakening to terrorize the world at night. To defeat these challenges players will be able to draw upon the DNA System and the Beast Possession System. Players will use genetic engineering to modify their DNA to obtain characteristics and abilities nature never intended. The mystic arts will enable players to possess and transform into different bestial beings with extraordinary abilities.
A web site is also available which shows a teaser video for the upcoming horror MMOG, which can be found here.
While it does sound like the usual standard MMORPG fair, this game has peaked my interest as the background is pretty dark and disturbing. Here's hoping that it comes together to make a great game.
3000AD is reporting that Universal Combat, the brain child of Derek Smart, is now officially freeware as of January 2nd, 2008.
"As announced late last year, Dreamcatcher's five year rights to two of our legacy games, Battlecruiser Millennium Gold (2003) and Universal Combat (2003) expired on 12/18/07. As such, we had advised the publisher to initiate a DIF (Destroy In Field) order to its various retailers so that the games can no longer be sold. The new Dreamcatcher management (under the new Jowood owners) have complied accordingly as best we can tell.
In case you were wondering; yes, the games were still selling and generating royalty income as per the [unpaid] quarterly royalty statements from the publisher. Those [two year] accumulated and unpaid income earnings will be written off as a bad debt loss in our 2007 tax filings once we receive the Q4/07 statements which are due around the end of January '08.
That said, in keeping with the tradition of releasing my legacy games for free, I have repackaged the single player Universal Combat game and released it into the wild as freeware. Once again, our freeware game is released with no advertising, no nag screens, no expiration date, nothing. Just the full (and patched) single player game as was commercially released in Feb 2004, but with fewer music tracks (the game FAQ shows how players can add their own MP3 tracks) and no multiplayer.
The only condition under which our freeware games are released is that they not be sold under any circumstances, nor bundled as part of any commercial media (e.g. magazine cover discs) without my expressed written permission."
For those who don't remember (or never even heard of) UC, it is a hybrid space shooter and flight simulator. Basically, think Colony Wars meets Microsoft Flight Simulator. Those of us fond of the game also remember the phone book of a manual and how much of a pain in the ass it took to travel from one place to another.
Ellis Emsley may look like your typical innocent 4-year-old boy, but underneath the cuteness lies the black heart of a true video gamer. Tired of his older brother, 6-year-old Danny, constantly hogging the family's Wii console, Ellis did what every video gamer did when denied his precious video games: he got revenge, and pissed all over the Wii console. Yes, he dropped trou' and unleashed the yellow fury all over his Wii.
From the story:
Their mother Kerry, 25, said: 'It seems Ellis got fed up with Danny being obsessed with the Wii and refusing to play with him."'Danny was speechless with rage, Ellis knew he had done something wrong and went and hid under his bed.' The £250 console was bought for Christmas following months of searching by the boys' father, Darren, 33.
The family from Fleetwood, Lancashire, are now keeping their fingers crossed that the 'accident' will be covered by their home insurance.
'It must surely be counted as a leak,' Mr Emsley said."
Horrible puns aside, what Ellis did has to be the greatest video game related revenge story ever. I mean if I was pushed around and was constantly held back from playing my favorite console, I know the best course of action would be to pee all over it.
I'm not sure if this has been posted or not, but the good folks at CVG have an interesting article up concerning the possibility of a sequel for one of the greatest arcade fighting games. In a nutshell, the article mentions how Rare, the company behind the Perfect Dark and Killer Instinct franchises, sent out a Christmas card featuring characters from their Viva Pinta and Banjo Kazooie franchises. Not only does this card give us a glimpse of the art direction in the 'Banjo' sequel, but a keen observer can spot a subtle hint of what's to come:
Notice anything a little "sequelly" on the stockings near the fireplace? Could this actually be hinting at things to come or is this just a cruel, Godless prank that Rare has setup for us? I guess only time will tell.